Grooveshark unveils new feature called Broadcast


This undated promotional screenshot shows Grooveshark's new feature, "Broadcast." The feature lets amateur DJs select songs, record their own voice to create radio shows and invite people to listen through Facebook and Twitter links.

Photo courtesy of Grooveshark
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.

The next Wolfman Jack or Dr. Johnny Fever (ask your mother) could be as close as the nearest dorm room with Grooveshark's release of a new feature that allows users to create their own streaming online radio shows.

The Gainesville company's new feature, called Broadcast, went live Wednesday at Grooveshark.com. The feature lets amateur DJs select songs, record their own voice to create radio shows and invite people to listen through Facebook and Twitter links.

Broadcast includes real-time chat, music suggestions, voting for song requests and shows how many people are listening.

"We're excited to launch the first-ever truly democratized radio platform, and look forward to seeing web DJs grow into celebrities the way YouTube has created homegrown video

celebrities," CEO Sam Tarantino said in a news release.

"If the 20th century was characterized by terrestrial radio DJs, the 21st century will be characterized by viral radio DJs and homegrown web personalities," Tarantino said.

Grooveshark is an online music streaming service with more than 30 million monthly visitors.

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